Ever since Tanushree Dutta sparked the MeToo campaign, alleging that veteran Bollywood actor had sexually harassed her on the sets of their 2008 film Horn Ok Please, the movement has spread like wildfire. The strong allegations sure garnered heavy response from several quarters, in turn encouraging several women to speak up about sexual harassment incidents that happened with them.
Emraan Hashmi has recently decided to include a sexual harassment clause in his contract and those of his crew members, in the wake of the movement. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, a tabloid, Hashmi said, “Such clauses are already in contracts in several industries, including MNCs.”
“No film production company has enforced it so far, but with the #MeToo movement that started a decade ago, picking up steam in the West last year and inching towards India, with someone being outed almost every hour on the social media, such clauses have become imperative. In my company at least, it will include both male and female cast and crew members.”, he further added.
He also took to twitter and expressed his views, “Sexual harassment can not and should not be tolerated anymore. The guidelines need to be in place. We at EHF(Emraan Hashmi Films) have taken a step to include the right clauses in our contracts where any gross misconduct of this nature will be looked into as a legal violation. These are baby steps, but we need to start somewhere.”
— emraan hashmi (@emraanhashmi) October 11, 2018
The #MeToo movement in India has only been growing. Actors like Alok Nath, Zulfi Syed, as well as singers Kailash Kher, Raghu Dixit, and filmmaker Rajat Kapoor are among the several accused of sexual misconduct.